We've had such a beautiful week here in Montreal - beautiful enough to start the spring cleaning of the backyard which was in pretty rough shape from winter.
Especially on these 2 benches I've had for at least 10 years.
They sat outside in the front last summer as plant stands - but they aren't very curb appeal worthy
looking like this - ( which was why I hid them completely with plants lol )
I pulled out some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Emperor's silk - and gave them a new life yesterday -
Each bench took 10 minutes !
It was a very quick coat obviously - I didn't want perfection - and when using chalk paint on outdoor furniture you don't wax ( it'll melt with the hot sun ) so that eliminated the process I love most ( NOT )
As much as I tend to stick with whites and greys on the inside of the house - I really do love color on the outside !
Maybe this year they'll actually be used as benches to sit on now that they've been cleaned up!
And do you remember my outdoor kitchen unit I painted last year ( you can see that post HERE )
I was fully prepared to see the paint peeling off it everywhere with the snow we had this winter...........
But it held up beautifully !
That impresses me almost as much as the weather we've had this week !
I can't wait for summer to be in full force
and the back yard bursting with color
But for now I have to be contented with a couple of little red benches !
( that tree behind the bench is where a fairy garden will soon reside )
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